RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 20:  Nicola Spirig Hug of Switzerland celebrates as she approaches the line to win silver during the Women's Triathlon on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Fort Copacabana on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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Nicola Spirig, Olympic triathlon champ, pregnant again

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Nicola Spirig is pregnant with her second child, due in May, and said she is open to competing in her fifth Olympics in 2020 if she has a medal chance, according to Swiss media.

Spirig, 34, won the 2012 Olympic triathlon in a photo finish over Sweden’s Lisa Norden. Then she gave birth to Yannis in March 2013 before coming back to take silver behind American Gwen Jorgensen in Rio.

Spirig is the only woman to win multiple Olympic triathlon medals. No triathlete has competed in five Olympics.

Jorgensen, 30, also hopes to have a baby next year and return to defend her title at Tokyo 2020.

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Triathlon federation boss wants Olympic races shortened

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 20:  Gwen Jorgensen of the United States (20) leads the group as she rides during the Women's Triathlon on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Fort Copacabana on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
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The president of the International Triathlon Union wants to reduce the distance of Olympic triathlons, potentially by 50 percent, according to the Times of London.

“It is very attractive to TV, and this is something very important to maintain the sport in the Olympic Games,” ITU president and International Olympic Committee member Marisol Casado said, according to the report, which added that an announcement is expected in the first half of 2017 and that semifinal races could be added, too. “It is something very important for the whole organization to discuss.”

In ITU World Series racing, there are Olympic-distance triathlons including a 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run as well as sprint-distance triathlons including a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run.

Olympic-distance races are won in a little under two hours. The sprints are less than one hour.

“It’s quicker and more dynamic from a spectator point of view, but I’ve lost count of the number of people who have come up to me and said it’s the toughness of the event that appeals,” two-time Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee said, according to the report. “It’d be a real shame to lose that.”

For years, Casado has pushed for a mixed-gender Olympic relay event to be added to the Olympic program and still hopes for Tokyo 2020. The IOC would have to approve any Olympic program changes.

Triathlon debuted at the 2000 Sydney Games.

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Gwen Jorgensen unhappy with New York City Marathon result

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 06:  Mary Keitany of Kenya, Molly Huddle of the United States and competitors in the Professional Women's division cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the start of the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon on November 6, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK — Olympic triathlon champion Gwen Jorgensen had no expectations for her first marathon, but this much she knew about her race Sunday:

“I don’t know what I would have been happy with, but I’m not happy with that race,” she said.

Jorgensen crossed the New York City Marathon finish line in Central Park in 2 hours, 41 minutes, 1 second. She was 14th in the women’s field. Race results are here.

The former University of Wisconsin cross-country runner stayed with the lead pack for the first five miles before dropping back. Jorgensen really slowed in Central Park, failing to break seven minutes each of her last two miles.

That’s not shocking, given Jorgensen primarily stuck to her triathlon training going into this race. Last weekend, she competed in a three-day triathlon stage race in the Bahamas (and won).

“I didn’t prepare as well as I should have,” she said. “I just didn’t have enough time. It was difficult. My muscles definitely got sore during the race. They’re going to be pretty tired and sore for several days. That’s different than a triathlon. Normally, I go into a triathlon, and I’m fully prepared and ready to go. For this race, I wasn’t prepared, and it definitely hurts.”

Jorgensen beat elite runners, including recent track Olympians Kim Conley and Janet Bawcom.

Don’t expect to see Jorgensen run another marathon any time soon. In addition to eyeing defending her Olympic triathlon title in Tokyo, she wants to start a family, which would entail taking a year off from competition.

“We’ll see what happens,” she said. “We failed on month one, and now we’re on month two. I’m running this marathon probably isn’t going to help a baby stick. So we’ll see.”

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